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    Unique ID Code: 0000040668
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    Added on: 3/10/2002 01:19
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    Panic Room (UK)

    7 / 10
    5 votes cast
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    It was supposed to be the safest room in the house
    Certificate: 15
    Running Time: 107 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
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    Meg Altman is at a crossroads. Suffering through a painful divorce from her husband, pharmaceuticals millionaire Stephen Altman, Meg moves from their suburban home in Greenwich, Connecticut and buys and Upper West Side Manhattan townhouse for herself and her eleven-year-old daughter, Sarah. She intends to go back to school, raise her child and start a new life. But the panic she feels at starting over pales in comparison to her fear and desperation when intruders break into her new home.

    Special Features:
    Filmographies of director David Fincher and the main cast
    `Panic Room` teaser created by David Fincher
    Interactive menu
    Scene access

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    DTS 5.1 English

    Subtitle Tracks:

    Directed By:
    David Fincher

    Written By:

    Dwight Yoakam
    Jared Leto
    Forest Whitaker
    Jodie Foster

    Casting By:
    Laray Mayfield

    Soundtrack By:
    Howard Shore

    Director of Photography:
    Conrad W. Hall
    Darius Khondji

    Angus Wall
    Jim Haygood

    Production Designer:
    Arthur Max

    David Koepp
    John S. Dorsey
    Ceán Chaffin
    Gavin Polone
    Judy Hofflund

    Columbia / Tristar

    Your Opinions and Comments

    7 / 10
    Call me childish, but I simply couldn`t resist watching the opening credits in the movie over and over again. They were done in a truly brilliant way.
    As for the movie itself - it`s a well done thriller, which will keep you at the edge of your seat, despite the fact that most of the action takes place in the same house.
    The video transfer is very good. There are no compression signs and the colors are nicely saturated.
    Fincher included some brilliant camera shots (combined crane and CG), which add a lot to the movie`s claustrophobic feel.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is very good. The surrounds are used very nicely and the sound envelope is perfect. Special care has obviously been given to the mix when choosing the echoes effects.
    The menus are very nicely animated with sound.
    The disc offers no extras at all.
    Bottom line - a good thriller, but alas, a bare disc.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 8/10/2002 21:23
    8 / 10
    To start with, I have to ay one thing about David Fincher: Genius! To think anyone could`ve made a film focusing on just a few rooms in a New York house would have had me laughing in disbelief before I`d seen this film. But now I know, that with the correct eclectic mix of suspense, great acting and a good storyline, that it can be done and in this case it can be done very well. The film is just film is just full of suspense. Are the 3 robbers going to be able to get into the panic room to steal millions of dollars? Will Meg and Sarah Altman be able to escape this, their worst nightmare, alive? These are just two of the questions I was asking myself whilst watching this film. The acting in the film is also superb. Especially the usually mediocre at best Forest Whitaker who I have to say churned out a brilliant performance as the `nice` crook, Burnham. The rest of the cast: Dwight Yoakam, Jared Leto, Kristen Stewart and Jodie Foster also pulled off excellent performances in their roles. The storyline, although not quite as though provoking as Se7en or Fight Club, is rather good. Their are enough twists and turns to keep you occupied and glued to the screen. This great film, along with fantastic picture and sound quality make room for only one let down on the disc. The extras. With only filmographies and a teaser trailer, this not what you expect for a new film which did well at the box office.
    posted by DVDSam on 25/2/2003 17:00
    7 / 10
    An excellent thriller starring the ever so gorgeous and talented Jodie Foster. A panic room is a specially built room with steel walls, and equiped with surveillance feeds from around the hose. $3million Dollars has been left inside a secure Panic Room, by the owner of a house, When this owner dies, no one knows where the money is and his two next of kins are in battle for it. Divorced Jodie Foster buys the house using her rich husbands pay off. Obviously she doesnt know about the money. One night, one of the next of kin of the previous owner, enters the house with a couple of helpers because he knows where the money is. Jodie is alerted and goes into the Panic Room with her young daughter.............

    A finely crafted thriller from David Fincher.
    posted by dicanio on 23/5/2003 19:03
    6 / 10
    This movie is great. It stars Jodie Foster as a divorced woman who buys a house after the previous owner`s death. The main strange thing about the place is the Panic Room, a solid steel room with CCTV and phone. The only problem with the phone is that it isn`t connected to the main telephone line. All goes well at first but it changes one night when three men break into the house looking for a fortune that the previous owner left behind before he died. One of the men was related to the past owner and knows where to find the hidden cash. Jodie Foster`s character wakes up and hears them and gets her daughter and goes up to the Panic Room which is the exact place where the intruders are seeking their fortune and eventhough the Panic Room is designed for hiding out in , they still end up fighting for their lives . The DVD is great but there is only one weakness on the whole disc, The lack of extra features. Only a trailer and a filmographies section. Overall a good DVD but it could have had more extras. Let`s hope a special edition comes out soon.
    posted by LFC_Lad on 16/10/2003 05:59